Israeli health worker forced his ex-girlfriend into Covid quarantine FOUR TIMES despite her not having the virus
- The 35-year-old health worker is suspected of misuse of power of office, fraud, violation of privacy and false imprisonment
- The suspect ‘sent messages to his ex-girlfriend’s phone about her immediate need to enter isolation due to exposure to confirmed coronavirus patient’
- But the woman had ‘not been exposed to such a person,’ Israeli police said
An Israeli working for the health ministry is being investigated on suspicion of falsely forcing his ex-girlfriend into coronavirus quarantine four times without medical justification, police said Thursday.
The man, identified only as a 35-year-old resident of northern Israel, is suspected of various offences committed over several months, including misuse of power of office, fraud, violation of privacy and false imprisonment, a police statement said.
The suspect ‘sent on four separate occasions messages to his ex-girlfriend’s phone about her immediate need to enter isolation due to exposure to a confirmed coronavirus patient, without her actually being exposed to such a person,’ police said.
An Israeli working for the health ministry is being investigated on suspicion of falsely forcing his ex-girlfriend into coronavirus quarantine four times without medical justification. Pictured: Israeli police officers check chars at a checkpoint during coronavirus lockdown in Tel Aviv
Evidence on the suspect, described as ‘an external employee working at one of the health ministry’s call centres,’ has been handed to the justice ministry ahead of a possible indictment, police said.
The investigation began when the health ministry became suspicious of the same person filing appeals against her isolation in four separate instances.
There are currently over 180,000 Israelis in isolation over feared exposure to Covid-19, with nearly two million having faced the two-week confinement since the beginning of the pandemic.
Israel, currently in its third national lockdown, has recorded nearly 524,000 Covid-19 cases, more than 3,800 of them fatal.
On Tuesday, the country saw daily Covid-19 infections and active cases reach all time-highs. Health officials recorded 9,997 new cases – Israel’s highest in a single 24 hours – and 46 deaths, after recording a record 67 deaths on Monday.
On Tuesday, Israel saw daily Covid-19 infections and active cases reach all time-highs. On Tuesday, Israel reported 9,997 new cases – its highest in a single 24 hours – and 46 deaths, after recording a record 67 deaths on Monday
Israel is well ahead of other countries in its vaccine drive, administering 23.66 doses per 100 people, as of January 14. The second highest rate has been achieved by the UAE, with 14.1 per 100 people. In comparison, the UK has administered 4.52 per 100 people
Like many countries, Israel is facing a second wave of the virus in winter after the rate of new infections and related deaths dropped in November.
On January 5, the government announced a two-week national complete lockdown, effective from January 7. The lockdown is set to expire at the end of the month, but is almost sure to be extended as new cases and deaths continue to rise.
The country is yet to see its infections and death numbers fall, despite being in its fourth week of the world’s fastest vaccination programme.
But with scientists saying that the vaccine’s protection will typically take a week or two to kick in, Israel is expecting to see new hospitalisations start falling soon.
The country’s vaccination program is so far the fastest in the world and more than two million people have received the vaccine’s initial dose.
The programme runs 24/7, even on the Jewish holdy day of Shabbat, and is being boosted by hundreds of Israeli combat medics who have been culled in for duty.